Streisanne is a third-year Bachelor of International Business (BIB) student in the French language stream. She is studying at Sciences Po in Paris, France. (All students in the BIB program are required to study abroad for their third year at one of our partner institutions.)
Introduce yourself! Tell us a little bit about your goals and interests:
I love music, learning about new languages/ cultures and meeting new people! This exchange is especially exciting for me because I have the opportunity to explore all of these interests.
I have three goals for this exchange; to be completely fluent in French, travel to 10 specific cities in Europe (I made a list of 10 cities in Europe that I want to visit – will include in a later blog post) and to travel around Spain for at least two weeks at the end of my exchange in order to practice my Spanish.
Why did you choose your language?
Choosing my language was actually pretty easy. I did the Explore program (www.myexplore.ca) in 2012 where I lived in Quebec City for 5 weeks and really fell in love with French language and culture. Also, since French is the other official language of Canada and I already had a solid background of the language from studying it throughout elementary and secondary school, I knew that French would be the best option for me to study as a part of my BIB degree!
Have you ever travelled overseas before? If so, where?
Never! I travelled all over Canada and a few places in the US but have never had the opportunity to travel oversees.
What 3 things MUST you take with you while abroad?
This question isn’t an easy one for me to answer. I am not a very sentimental person and don’t believe that I need photos or small items to remind me how important my family and friends are to me. With that said, the only thing that I absolutely MUST take with me while on this exchange is my music library. I have a bit of an obsession with music and find that I use certain songs to remind me of specific people, places and points in my life. I am also excited to find new music that will remind of certain points of this exchange for the rest of my life. I always always always have my iPod and headphones with me and truly don’t think I could live without music throughout this exchange.
What are you most looking forward to?
I am most looking forward to the point where I can finally feel like I am fluent in French. I have been taking French since I first began elementary school in junior kindergarten and STILL don’t feel fluent at all.